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Montreal (QC), February 13th, 2015 - For Girls Action Foundation, Valentine’s Day is more about meaningful action than pink hearts and chocolate. For the 11th consecutive year, girls and young women across Canada are mobilizing for the National Day of Action to create projects that highlight issues important to them and their communities.

Media Advisory: Girls in Canada subject to dating violence, self-harm, low self-esteem, racial discrimination

National report shows that while girls are gaining ground in education, challenges remain

Montreal - February 28, 2013: On the eve of International Women’s Day, a new report, Beyond Appearances: Brief on the Main Issues Facing Girls in Canada, uncovers the real story of girls’ lives in Canada. The never before compiled information reveals that girls still face many hurdles despite gains in education and legal equality.

Young leaders take heart on V-day

Girls Action Foundation hosts 9th National Day of Action

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Montreal – February 6, 2013 – Despite the on-going gender gap in politics, government and business, on Valentine’s Day, young women across Canada are showing what it means to be a leader – if not in public office or the board room, in their communities. 

“This Valentine’s Day, just like the last eight others, girls and young women across Canada are shining, as well as shining a light on the people, places and things that can make a difference in the lives of women and society,” says Saman Ahsan, Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation.

Wanted: young women in leadership roles

Limited gender expectations need to be reversed says Girls Action Foundation

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Montreal - September 18, 2012: Men are still outnumbering women in government, business and decision-making roles. “While gains have been made in the past decades, there is a lot of work yet to be done,” says Saman Ahsan, Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation. “We believe in starting young to cultivate girls’ leadership especially in marginalized communities,” she adds. It’s a message Ahsan will take to Light a Spark, a Toronto event being held on October 4th to encourage advancing young womens’ leadership, and to celebrate the first UN-declared International Day of the Girl Child (to be marked on October 11 each year).

National Initiative Announces Top Awards to Innovators in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education and Learning

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Toronto - March 26, 2012: Ashoka Canada, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, and partners* announce award-winning ideas and projects that take the top honours in the Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning.

“More than 50 global Changemakers initiatives have been held on many different topics,” noted Elisha Muskat, Ashoka Canada’s executive director. “However, Inspiring Approaches is the first in Canada, and has been especially meaningful. The collaboration of many diverse groups has led to the most important outcome: an outpouring of inspiring ideas and projects whose quality is demonstrated by the winners.”

Girls Action Foundation hosts its 8th National Day of Action

What young women really want...

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Montreal, Quebec - February 8, 2012 - For the 8th consecutive year, Girls Action Foundation is flipping the script on chocolate and roses. Instead we are shining light on girls and young women who are making an impact in their communities.

Some 40 grassroots actions will be taking place across the country on February 14, 2012. From Hornby Denman Island (BC) to Rankin Inlet (NU) to Charlottetown (PEI), national network members are collaborating with girls and young women to raise awareness, organize activities, share resources, exchange stories, and propose ideas about issues that matter to them.

National girls’ organization appoints new leader as UN declares International Day of the Girl Child

Montreal, Quebec – January 17, 2012 – Ms Saman Ahsan celebrates the creation of the International Day of the Girl Child as she steps into her new role as Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation, Canada’s leading girls’ empowerment organization.

Having worked for girls’ equality in her country of origin, Pakistan, and now in Canada, Ahsan joined Girls Action in January because she believes in the power of girls to change the future of the world like no other force.